19th June 2021

Some dates for you diary (at long last)

Ayr Riding Club is a member of British Riding Clubs (BRC) and follows the advice of BRC and HS (HorseScotland) when deciding whether to run training and competitions in the present circumstances.   The rules and regulations change fairly frequently so we will try to keep you up to date with what we are able to do.  We did have training sessions at Muirmill and Morris from August to November 2020 and have made assessments for both sites, as have their owners.  Social distancing still applies when you are on a horse and we have test and trace forms for anybody assisting a rider and anyone who is not an ARC member.  Click here for the test and trace fo

Summer Show Jumping – NEW! and NEW VENUE

We have arranged dates for summer jumping outside; this is a similar low key event to our summer dressage; entrants are allowed two rounds at a given height (from 40 to 90 cm) and the second one counts towards their score there will be a League with rosettes for clear rounds and League placings. The next June dates is Wednesday 23rd June at Greenfields of Avondale, Drumclog ML10 6QF, just West of Strathaven on the A71.  July, August and September dates will be at Muirmill.

The poles and cross poles training by Debbie Rodwell at Gainford Sports Horses on 1st April went well (‘just fabulous’, ‘super afternoon’ and ‘I’m going to join ARC now’ were just a few of the responses) and we have organised more sessions at Gainsford with Debbie on Thursday 1st July, the times are 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Gainford Sports Horses is well sign posted off the Fenwick-Stewarton road (High Gainford Farm, Fenwick, Kilmarnock, KA3 6AR), it has a good sized arena and parking.

Dressage for Fun (Muirmill, outdoors, all Mondays), 6.30 – 8.30pm, 12th July and 16th August. Looking to re-start dressage, a new horse? An old horse? Thinking of going up a level? Dressage for Fun is an ideal start, no pressure, no panicking about stock-tying, give it a go!  For a change we’ll be using some British Riding Club tests.

NEW Gail Smith lessons!  A lot of our members enjoyed the Gail Smith lessons that we had at Morris a few years ago.  We are now able to re-join Gail at her yard in South Lanarkshire in May.  Group lessons for four for ‘fun flatwork’; they are on Tuesdays with lessons at 5, 6 and 7pm.   The venue is Lawside Farm, Jackton Rd, Jackton, East Kilbride G75 8RR. This has proved to be very popular so we have two more sessions booked:- Tuesday 22nd June and Thursday 29th July.   There are still some spaces for the 22nd June sessions so take a look at Equo and book in now.

TREC competition, Muirmill, 26th June.   This will be going ahead outside at Muirmill. The TREC training with Rhoda McVey on 17th July outside at Muirmill is also going ahead. This is an excellent preparation for the Scottish TREC Championships in August.

Cross Country Training at Titwood

For wobblies & newcomers (and people just wanting a quieter life) we have cross-country training with Debbie Rodwell on Tuesday 29th June. There have been a few cancellations so add your name to the waiting list for a chance to join the fun. The lessons are 90 minutes long to give everyone time to do what they want to do. 

And then on the 15th July  and  5th August Scott McClelland will be offering training over the larger stuff at Titwood. 

Miss Heather Galbraith has donated some of the fabulous Eglinton fences to Titwood, so there are a lot of new jumps to fly over! 

All these can be booked through Equo on the Events page, remember to click the box for discount if you are a member of ARC.

BRC Virtual Dressage Championships 

17th March 2021

Rebecca McNab, Louise Morgan, Jill Offer, Debbie Rodwell, Beverley Craig, Katie Nisbet and Belinda Floyd from Ayr Riding Club are all taking part in the BRC Virtual Dressage Championships. Good luck to them all!